Do not ask me to be happy. Do not ask me to cheer up. Please do not remind me of all I have to be thankful for or to count my blessings.
Do allow me my tears and try not to let my sadness make you uneasy. I am not here because I want to be, I am simply here because this sadness is a part of my story.
Do give me space and know that I will return. This journey is proving to be harder than I imagined.
Love me because I have lost one that I love. A piece of me is gone, it shall not return. Each anniversary date is a reminder that I am not whole; that I am forever changed.